If you watch the TV show “Doomsday Preppers” you probably get the idea that the only way to really be a prepper or a survivalist is if you have tens of thousands of dollars in extra income to buy all sorts of equipment. Nothing could be further from the truth.
A true prepping lifestyle can easily pay for itself. The prepper who is storing wheat and other basic staples for long term food storage learns how to prepare meals from scratch. These meals are healthier, because you aren’t adding all sorts of chemicals and preservatives, but they are also much cheaper. The money you spend on food is then available for other prepping purchases.
The other way that preppers save a lot of money is by learning from other preppers. Instead of buying fancy equipment for when power outages at the high end camping stores, they learn from other preppers that Harbor Freight and eBay are great sources of money-saving deals.
The other thing about prepping is that once you get involved in a prepping community, whether it is online and anonymous or local and in person, your perception of what is necessary and what is not a priority will change drastically.
The thing about prepping is that you learn the old backpacker’s adage that says “the more skills you carry in your head the fewer pounds of equipment you have to carry on your back.” This is very true of equipment and supply purchases; the more you know, the less you find you will need. This saves a lot of money and time and energy.
The other thing about prepping is that involves food storage that will save you money when you can your own food and buy in bulk. Even if you are just canning meat that you purchased in large quantities to save money, you are giving yourself the added benefit of becoming less reliant upon your refrigerator if the power goes out.
So the lesson learned is to not be overwhelmed by prepping or be discouraged at how much cool equipment and supplies other people have. If you are doing it right, you are going to experience an acceleration of preparedness as your needs go down due to increased skills and your stockpile goes up due to money savings that you can apply towards purchases.